Pop, Hip-Hop and Rock Star Deaths in 2022

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Bobbe "Beegie" Long Adair - Nashville-based jazz pianist; 84

Patrick Adams - New York disco/R&B producer and engineer; 72

Ian Alexander Jr. - performed as DJ Desdune, actress/director Regina King's son; 26

Ernie Andrews - Philadelphia-born blues/jazz singer; blood clot; 94

Reggie Andrews - L.A. songwriter, producer and educator; co-wrote "Let It Whip" by the Dazz Band in 1982; 74

Baby Cino (Timothy Starks) - Haitian rapper from Miami; drive-by shooting; 20

Chris Bailey - founder/frontman of Australian punk band, the Saints; 65

Rollie Bands - Tampa rapper; shot and killed

Rory Wahid Bayyan Bell - sang backup with his brothers' funk band, Kool & the Gang; lung cancer; 62

Gary Brooker - founder/lead singer/pianist of British prog band Procol Harum; cancer; 76

Johnny Brown - known best for his role on Good Times, he was also a '60s pop singer; 84

Jewell Caples - Chicago-born R&B singer, debut album released by  Death Row label, collaborated with Snoop Dogg, 2Pac and others; 53

Andy Chaves - lead singer of Arizona-based band, Katastro; car accident; 32

Cashal Coughlan - Irish-born frontman of Fatima Mansions and Microdisney; 61

CPO Boss Hogg (Vincent Edwards, a.k.a. Lil Nation) - L.A. rapper; heart attack; 52

Mike Cross - co-founder/guitarist of Detroit alt-rock band Sponge; 57

Julee Cruise - Iowa-born singer known for the Twin Peaks theme song, "Falling"; suicide; 65

Cecil Daniels - played sax with Widespread Panic live on several occssions

Betty Davis - funk-rock singer, was married to Miles Davis; cancer; 77

Paolo Diniz - Brazilian singer and composer; 82

DJ DaBaby (Darien Lewis) - Houston DJ; died after falling from hotel balcony; 23

DJ Kay Slay (Keith Grayson) - New York DJ and graffiti artist; COVID-related; 55

DJ 50 Grand (Kevin Griffin) - Notorious B.I.G.'s original producer; 55

Lamont Dozier - part of Motown's powerhouse songwiting team, Holland-Dozier-Holland; 81

Shonka Dukureh - portrayed Big Mama Thornton in Elvis; 44

Judith Durham - lead singer with Australian folk-rock group The Seekers; lung disease; 79



Jamal Edwards - British DJ who performed under the name Jamal Artman; heart attack; 31

Flavio Etcheto - Argentine EDM pioneer; cancer; 52

Archie Eversole - Atlanta rapper; shot and killed by his brother, Alexander Krause; 37

FBG Cash (Tristian Hamilton) - Chicago rapper; shot and killed; 31

Andy Fletcher - co-founder and keyboardist of Depeche Mode, who were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2022; 60

Ricky Gardiner - Scottish guitarist who played with David Bowie and Iggy Pop; Parkinson's; 73

Donnie Gerrard - lead singer with Canadian band, Skylark; cancer; 75

Mickey Gilley - Mississippi-born C&W singer whose bar Gilley's was made famous in Urban Cowboy

Dallas Good - singer/guitarist with Toronto's The Sadies; 48

Goonew (Markelle Morrow) - Maryland rapper; shot; 24

Frank "Francisco" González - original member of Los Lobos; 86

Howard Grimes - drummer with Al Green and others; kidney failure; 80

Guitar Shorty (David Kearney) - Houston-born blues singer/guitarist, friend of Jimi Hendrix; 87


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Steve Bloom

Steve Bloom

Publisher of, former editor of High Times and Freedom Leaf and co-author of Pot Culture and Reefer Movie Madness.